City of Chicago Contracts with Ameresco to Modernize and Connect Largest City–Led Wireless Smart Street Lighting Project in the U.S., Utilizing Silver Spring Networks’ Platform

Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced it has contracted with the City of Chicago for the City’s comprehensive Smart Street Lighting Project to modernize its infrastructure. Working with Silver Spring Networks, Inc., a leading networking platform and solutions provider for the Internet of Important ThingsTM, the project is believed to be the largest city-led wireless smart street light program in the U.S., and will connect more than 250,000 street light fixtures across Chicago.
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Chicago to Replace 270,000 High Pressure Sodium Lights by 2017

Mayor Emanuel has announced that the City is conducting a public demonstration of next-generation streetlights in seven neighborhoods as part of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, which will upgrade streetlights across the city. Residents are being asked to provide feedback on the new lighting, which represents the latest advances in lighting technology, through the end of the year.
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Artists Transform Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory into a Sea of All Colors

Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory is presenting an interplay of light and color in a lovely exhibit called Solarise: a sea of all colors. Designed by multi-media artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of the Chicago-based Luftwerk studio, the Solarise exhibit is a series of light and sculptural environments emphasizing the Conservatory’s historic architecture and complimenting their beloved plant collection. Solarise explores the contemporary relationship between nature and technology.   Luftwerk artists, Sean Gallero and Petra ...
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Chicago Mayor Announces Plans to Modernize City Lighting

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) today released a Request for Information (RFI) for the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, which seeks to update the City of Chicago’s electric lighting infrastructure. The goal of the Smart Lighting Project is to transition the City’s and Parks’ lighting to LED technology and to replace outdated infrastructure to achieve efficiencies, cost savings, and improved performance. A large-scale conversion to more environmentally friendly LED technology will reduce electricity use and utility costs. This overhaul of City lighting fixtures and Chicago Park District pathway lighting will be financed through cost savings and potentially, new revenue sources that do not include additional taxpayer funds.
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Filmmaker Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform Chicago Rail into Interactive Lighting Art

Filmmaker Jack C. Newell and design consultant Seth Unger have launched a Kickstarter campaign to transform the dingy elevated train tracks (L) in Chicago’s loop to a piece of interactive light art.
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ComEd Launches LED Streelights Pilot Project in Chicago

ComEd announced today that it has begun a pilot program to deploy smart, energy-efficient LED streetlights in two Chicago suburbs, Bensenville and Lombard. Through this pilot, ComEd is replacing approximately 800 ComEd-owned fixtures in Bensenville and Lombard combined.
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Chicago to Install Big Brother Like Sensors to Measure Environmental Factors

People in Chicago will soon see metal fixtures wrapped around light poles in several areas throughout the city this summer. They are not decoration however, but data-collection sensors. 
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Plexineon Updates Entrances to Helmut Jahn-designed Tower

 With its rich architectural heritage, Chicago takes skyscrapers seriously. So when a glassy, 40-story Helmut Jahn-designed tower built in 1980 underwent rebranding to attract new tenants, the end result had to be worthy of distinction. A revitalization of the building’s lobby and street-level exterior called for enhancing the artistic nature of the structure. In keeping with that intent, Plexineon White 2X Series fixtures were chosen to highlight two new entrance canopies, each situated along a different downtown street. Striped and streamlined, Plexineon provides an accent that’s consistent with the clean, contemporary lines of 55 W. Monroe St......
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Lumileds introduced the LUXEON CZ Color Line, a product line optimized to deliver maximum punch. “The LUXEON CZ features up to 48% higher punch than any other undomed color LED,” said Jennifer Holland, Product Line Direct... READ MORE

LG Innotek today announced that it has supplied UV LED module for water purifiers to the famous Japanese purifier manufacturer for the past year and achieved the perfect quality of zero defect rate.